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Spring Flower Walk

Seedlings

May 11, 2014; 10:00 – Noon
Floodplain Forest on private land in Chatham Center

Join Claudia and Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program for a leisurely walk in the floodplain of the Kinderhook Creek. Learn to recognize the spring flowers of this exceptionally rich plant community and hear about their ecology and lore. All ages are welcome. The walk is free, but space is limited. Please register with Claudia Knab-Vispo (fep@hawthornevalleyfarm.org or 518-672-7994).

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Local Food at Country Barbecue

Join 1,000 supporters of local conservation at a beautiful Columbia County farm for a barbecue featuring live entertainment, kids activities, and demonstrations drawing from rural traditions. The 2014 Country Barbecue will be held on Sunday, May 25 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm in Old Chatham, NY, and includes delicious food sourced from local farms and an array of beer and wine. No matter where you are at the event, you’ll be close to a culinary experience. There are passed entrees, cheese platters, and two bars serving wine and local beer from award-winning Chatham Brewing. Visit the buffet to indulge a variety of passions. CONTINUE READING

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Seedlings

Saturday, May 3 2014, 9:00 am-2:00 pm;
Crellin Community Park
2940 Rt. 66, Chatham, NY

An opportunity for the community to come together to buy/ sell/ swap farm and garden related goods and services. Vendors are welcome to bring small-to-medium size livestock, farm and garden tools, light machinery, farm products, etc. All animals must be kept in secure pens or cages throughout the event. No animals over 50 lbs will be allowed without prior approval from the Town of Chatham. Event is held rain or shine. Free event, no admission or vendor’s fee.
To reserve a spot, call (518) 392 – 3262. For more information, click here to email.

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Negotiating Land Access Workshop

Seedlings

Saturday, May 3 2014, 10:00 am-4:00 pm;
Carey Conference Center
Rensselaerville, NY

A training workshop for farmland-seekers and professionals that provides technical assistance about land and capital access and transition. Presented by the Agrarian Trust, NYS Agricultural Mediation Program, Carey Institute for Global Good, & Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship.
Come learn the essential skills of business communication and negotiation to navigate relationships with lenders, investors, partners, landowners, and neighbors. Join us for a training with experienced negotiation teachers Peter Glassman, Statewide Director of NYSAMP and  Charlotte Carter, Executive Director of NYSDRA hosted by Agrarian Trust, CADE and the Carey Institute for Global Good.
Suggested Donation – $20, includes lunch. Questions can be directed to AnnMarie.
To register, click here.

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AMPHIBIAN MIGRATIONS begun – WATCH OUT FOR AMPHIBIAN ROAD-CROSSINGS

Earth Day

As of last weekend, amphibian migrations have begun in the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, according to the DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University. Reports from Albany and Rensselaer indicated it was still a little too cold for our northern neighbors. After the warm, dry days this week, it’s likely the next rainfall will bring out many more amphibians on their way to vernal pools (or heading back to the forest, if they got an early start on breeding). Watch out for migrating amphibians on our roads during these conditions!
CLC is among the many organizations helping to train volunteer scientists who survey roads and help crossing amphibians. As of last weekend, volunteers observed the following species: spotted salamander, Jefferson/blue-spotted salamander, four-toed salamanders, wood frogs, spring peepers, American toads, and northern redback salamanders. More information about amphibian migrations and identification guidance is available on the DEC monitoring website.

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Celebrate Earth Day – Volunteer with CLC!

 Earth Day

On April 22nd, Tuesday, we are hosting an Earth-Day Clean-up Volunteer Day at all ten of our Public Conservation Areas (PCAs) – and we invite you to celebrate with us!
Come to any of our PCAs starting at 10 am and stay for as long as you wish. Have a blast getting our Public Conservation Areas ready for the 2014 season, then at 2:00 pm join us for a guided walk and enjoy the woods we just improved. What better way to celebrate this international event in support of our planet – and Columbia County?
Please, register for this event and then email Nate Davis with the PCA location of your choice, so we know where we can expect you. We hope to see you, your family, and any helping hand you can bring!

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Conservation: A Solid Strategy for Economic Development

by Peter Paden Published April 4, 2014 in the Register-Star

Conservation: A Solid Strategy for Economic Development

I have a great idea to bolster economic development in Columbia County: we should as an entire community renew and redouble our commitment to conservation.  We should collaborate to create as many publicly accessible parks, forests and nature preserves as possible; we should aggressively work to construct a system of interconnecting trail corridors;  we should conserve as much good farm and forest land as quickly as we can.

Seriously?  Yes, seriously. CONTINUE READING

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Enter CLC’s raffle to win spectacular prizes!

hot air balloon ride

You can begin buying raffle tickets to win spectacular prizes at our annual Country Barbecue, while supporting our local conservation efforts. Raffle items include wonderful ways to enjoy the best of the region:
Hot air balloon ride over Columbia County; a Kayak; Party for 20 with tent, food, and live music; Raised bed gardens built and planted in location of your choice; and more!
You can purchase tickets at the CLC Store at 49 Main Street in Chatham, or purchase them at the Country Barbecue. With any questions, please contact Elizabeth Phillips at 518.392.5252, ext 202. 100% of the proceeds supports CLC’s conservation work.

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